Hybrid (video game)

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Developer(s) 5th Cell
Publisher(s) Microsoft Studios
Designer(s) Jeremiah Slaczka
Composer(s) David J Franco
Tracy W. Bush
Engine Source
Platform(s) Xbox Live Arcade
Release date(s) August 8, 2012[1]
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Digital distribution

Hybrid is a downloadable third-person shooter video game released on August 8, 2012 for Xbox Live Arcade. It was developed by Bellevue, Washington-based 5th Cell. Utilizing the Source game engine from Valve Corporation, this is the first Xbox 360 title from developer 5th Cell.[2]


Hybrid is a multiplayer online third-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world amidst a war between two factions: the Paladin and the Variant. The two factions are in a never-ending war for a rare material called dark matter. A world map is accessible from the main menu. The player can view any of the five available continents (with Antarctica not included and Australia having been obliterated in the game's story). Each of these continents are divided into several sections. Players select a section to play in, and then they will play a match against the opposing faction. Playing games results in gaining part of a section (measured in percentages). If a faction reaches 100% in a section first, that faction will receive two pieces of dark matter. If a faction is the second to get to 100% in a faction, that faction receives one piece of dark matter. Unlike most shooters, Hybrid does not allow free movement. Instead, the player can choose to automatically move to a piece of cover by moving the cursor over it and selecting to move there. [3]


Hybrid was hinted at for many months, prior to its official announcement. The unnamed XBLA title from 5th Cell was talked about for nearly a year before any real information was released—other than that it was going to be "pretty big".[4]

On October 21, 2010, a mysterious 7-day countdown appeared on the official 5th Cell website featuring an ashy ground with footprints and a clearly imprinted logo, causing speculation among the gaming community at the seemingly uncharacteristic theme.[5]

At the close of the countdown, on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 1:00am EST/PDT an exclusive debut teaser trailer was shown on GameTrailers, revealing the somewhat shocking fact that the game would be a third-person shooter.[6] At that time, 5th Cell also launched the official Hybrid website, displaying two dog tags linking to two different hubs of information about the game as relayed by the opposing factions.[7]


Hybrid received mainly positive reviews upon release.

Scorer Score
Metacritic 73/100
GameRankings 74.83%
GameSpot 8/10
Game Informer 6/10


  1. ^ Hryb, Larry (June 19, 2012). "Summer of Arcade dates and prices". Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sharkey, Mike (October 29, 2010). "5th Cell Announces Hybrid". GameSpy. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ McElroy, Griffin (October 29, 2010). "'Hybrid' XBLA shooter announced by 5th Cell, due 2011". Joystiq. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Brandon; Alexander, Leigh (October 9, 2009). "Interview: 5th Cell Wants To Grow With 'Pretty Big' XBLA Title". Gamasutra. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ Quillen, Dustin (October 21, 2010). "Scribblenauts Developer Teasing Next Game Announcement?". 1UP.com. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Debut Teaser". GameTrailers. October 29, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Zivalich, Nikole (November 2, 2010). "5th Cell Announces Hybrid". G4. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 

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